Local surfers had the ride of their lives Sept. 25, thanks to high winds that churned up a giant swell on Lake Tahoe’s northern shores. Sierra Nevada College senior Conner Wagner is an avid surfer and tries to make it out on the lake whenever there are waves.
“Some of these waves are overhead,” said Wagner. Wagner spends his winter breaks surfing the north shores of Oahu, Hawaii, and he snowboards in Tahoe when he returns.
“These are the biggest waves I have ever seen on the lake,” said Wagner.
Surfing on Tahoe has become sort of a novelty. According to locals, there is nothing else like it.
“When you duck-dive a wave, the water is crystal clear, and it’s warm. It’s like surfing in Hawaii,” said Incline resident Russell Conway.
In the summer Tahoe water temps can reach 70 degrees. But wintertime temperatures cause the water to dip into the low 40s. The surfers congregate at one of the best breaks, which is at Hidden Beach just outside of Incline Village. The large boulders off the shore of the beach generate breaking points for the waves rolling in.
“You can get clean rights and lefts all day,” said Conway.
It has to be pretty windy to surf Tahoe, usually the wind has to be a consistent 25 plus mph.
“Most storms come in during the fall and winter, but you can get some great surfing in the summer too,” said J.P. Donovan, a lifeguard at Sand Harbor. “The wind normally blows from the southwest, west or northwest.”
Hart Heffelfinger, a new student at SNC, has just come to Lake Tahoe from Vashon Island
Name: Hart Heffelfinger
Hometown: Vashon Island, WA
Where is Vashon Island?
Vashon is an island off of Seattle that you can only get to by ferry, and I’ve lived there my whole life. The island is a hippy retirement place. It is where K2 was started and there was big industry for that, but K2 moved off the island 10 years ago and ever since it’s been farmer’s markets and rich Microsoft people.
Ski and Snowboard Teams Make it to College National Championships to compete in slopestyle, boardercross, giant slalom, quarter pipe, and alpine racing.
As skiers and snowboarders, we can all relate to how our calf, quad and hamstring muscles feel after a long day on the slopes, tight and possibly achy. Skiing and snowboarding are intensive sports that ask a lot from our bodies, particularly in the hips and legs. As we progress in these sports, our muscles become agile and our movements more graceful.
However, the back and forth commands on the body can still be inadequate for healing the tired and tense muscles. Instead of a hop-to-it morning, and a sit on the couch with a beer kind of evening, try yoga before and after riding to slow down, relax, and strengthen your body’s muscles. Drink plenty of water and reward yourself with a beer afterwards.
Senior Kyle Smaine and Junior Rebecca Roberts will be watching the Olympic games from TV’s, rather than their skis at the top of the run in Sochi, Russia after suffering from injuries in Olympic qualifying events.
Opening an outdoor sporting goods shop in what was once a Porters is a big gamble when it comes to a new business venture. Redemption Sports is a premium sporting good store located next to Incline Liquor on Tahoe Boulevard.
Some people may think of the group of friends that make up Strange Brew and Gremlinz as crews, gangs or even frats, but really they’re just individuals collectively dedicated to sharing the simple passion of having both of your feet atop a board, and documenting their extreme sports experiences whenever possible.